Issue(s): Hulk #187, Hulk #188
As the Hulk rampages around the Russian base (the Gremlin actually captures the Hulk for a while and tries to brainwash him, but the Hulk is so dumb he is resistant to mind control), the SHIELD team rescue Glenn - or at least Glenn's body. It turns out that his mind has been switched with a Soviet operative named Gregory Kronski.
Clay Quartermain leads the SHIELD team, and they are maintaining his permanent grin expression from his earlier appearances.
The team eventually gets out with Talbot's mindless body, but Hulk is stuck behind fighting a rhyming triceratops/dog creature...
...and is seemingly killed when SHIELD blows up the base.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Hulk #184-193 take place between Giant-Size Defenders #3-4. Banner has been at Hulkbuster Base since the end of the last arc. Fourteen hours are said to have passed.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (11): show
"Droog" is the name given to the violent young punks in the novel/film "A Clockwork Orange".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 20, 2011 8:57 PM
It derives from the Russian word for friend, "drug" (pronounced droog).
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 20, 2013 10:26 PM
It's a little like Gremlin naming his pet triceratops "Buddy."
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 20, 2013 10:27 PM
Droog speaks great English for a Russian-made creature. (Reprimand?)
Posted by: Erik Robbins | July 21, 2013 12:43 AM
Awesome! I've been reading your entries from the first issue onwards, and I finally reached the oldest comic I own!
(I do have a few Dutch Spider-Man Classic comics that take bits and pieces from the original Green Goblin saga, the Harry Osborn drug plots and the death of Gwen Stacy, but they don't reprint the whole thing. This is the first comic I REALLY own)
Posted by: Berend | January 14, 2014 5:07 PM
Hey, if the Gremlin wants to own a rhyming talking triceratops/dog, then I say let him. Weirder things have existed in the Marvelverse and this is actually cute.
Posted by: Ataru320 | January 15, 2014 8:59 AM
Droog actually reappears briefly in the 2006 Daughters of the Dragon miniseries.
Posted by: Andrew | September 17, 2017 9:54 PM
Yeah, I saw that Droog appearance in Daughters of the Dragon # 4. I wonder if the 'Gremlin' appearance therein was just a mistake, as he seemingly died in Iron Man # 229, but I was hoping instead that he was brought back. The character therein seems to be referred to as "Megacephalo" in the MCP but where the heck that name came from is unclear to me, as he wasn't named in that issue (unless I missed it somehow).
Why was Clay Quartermain always grinning in his early appearances?
Posted by: intp | September 18, 2017 9:22 PM
Oh man, I loved Quartermain's early appearances. He looked so hilarious grinning like that all the time. Maybe it was a way to show his self-confidence? Or maybe the artists just thought it was an easy quirk to give him so he could look different compared to regular SHIELD agents. It certainly made him a memorable character, at least for me.
Posted by: Nate Wolf | September 20, 2017 1:53 PM
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